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Saskatchewan’s crown workers rally in countdown to legal strike position

May 4, 2019 - 12:00 AM

May 4, 2019

REGINA – Unifor workers from Saskatchewan’s seven crown corporations say the clock is ticking and they deserve a fair collective agreement.

“The Premier needs to get serious about negotiations to avoid a major disruption in Crown services,” said Unifor President Jerry Dias. “The province is trying to cut costs on the backs of workers who have helped the Crowns be successful and strengthen Saskatchewan’s economy.”

Hundreds of Unifor members and supporters gathered at Wascana Park to send a message to the Scott Moe government that Crown corporation workers reject austerity and have earned a fair contract.

“MLAs are reaping the benefits of our member’s hard work and a growing economy, while insisting workers should take less,” said Joie Warnock, Unifor Western Regional Director. “We won’t accept low-ball offers or mediated settlements.”

Following an increase in provincial revenues, MLAs received a pay hike. Their basic annual income rose to $111,000 in April, a 2.3% increase. The government is attempting to impose an insulting wage increase on Crown employees.

Five thousand Unifor members work at SaskTel, SaskEnergy, SaskPower, SaskWater, the Saskatchewan Water Authority, Directwest and SecurTek.  All have expired collective agreements.

For more information, please contact Unifor Communications Representative Ian Boyko at ian.boyko@unifor.org  or 778-903-6549 (cell).